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International Day of Peace (IDOP)
There were more than 80 persons who moved through the space during the event of all ages and backgrounds. We thank everyone for being present and leaving behind compassion and love through words, music, movement, art making and blessings to grace this community. Many families also came to share this time with one another.
Muslimah Hameed began by having all of us sing a song taught as a child by her mother Lillian:
Keith Johnson held a soft beat as we sang, then all moved outside into the garden. Keith had arranged many drums in a semicircle for not only one to enjoy playing to a unified rhythm, but for others to dance along with Muslimah.
Muslimah’s mother even joined in the FUN!
We welcome you with open arms... Keith
Patricia Federico provided the blessing for the evening upon all of us as well as celebrating the artworks Francisco Garcia had painted and later discussed with the group.
"Creator bless my eyes so that I may see with love, bless my mouth so that I may speak with love, bless my heart so that I may give and receive love, bless my hands so that everything I touch me feel love, bless my feet so that my path may be a prayer to the Earth Mother. Amen.”
We then moved to the back area to have Francisco discuss his mural designs of women and iconic female images who work for the human rights for all and bring us protection...
Maya Angelou - Eleanor Roosevelt - Hopi Butterfly katsina - Virgen de Guadalupe
Francisco had invited many from the Artists’ Collective. Following the first half of the evening’s program Francisco introduced his guests and the artists who came to express their creative words, movement and music to the group.
This was an ongoing happening while pizzas were served for everyone as other art making projects were being enjoyed.
Thuong Nguyen delivered river rocks for everyone to paint with intentions for acts of peace building and to take home or leave on the peace shrine.
There were of course canvases to paint and the beaded bracelet table for all to enjoy...
There are so many people to thank for all of their assistance and love brought to the evening. Melanie Ohm took all of the pictures this year. Holly Parson had a poem she wrote as peacePlace poet laureate wrapped with a ribbon for each person to take home; and Mitra Kamali is always present to share her compassion and love with everyone.
Thank you all and PEACE
Documentation by judy butzine, Director of the Cultural Arts Coalition.
The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: stimulates creative, analytical and leadership development for personal transformation and collective change through celebrations and multidisciplinary learning experiences.